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Georgian Prime Minister to deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 20:05:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21. The head of the Government continues holding high level meetings in New York.Kvirikashvili has held a meeting with Moldova's Prime Minister today.The 72nd UN General Assembly Session is of historic importance for the Georgian delegation. Georgia became Chair of en Government Partnership (OGP), an organization bringing together 75 countries. Georgia took over the chairmanship from France for one-year tenure.Active involvement of citizens in open governance, implementation of anti-corruption reforms and transparency - these are priorities named by Prime Minister, according to which Georgia plans to lead a high level organization.Within the UN General Assembly, Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili met EU High Representative Federica Mogerini. During the meeting it becomes known that Mogerini and US Vice President discussed the Georgia’s issue during the meeting.
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EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee ended work
Update Time: 2017-09-20 18:19:00
The EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee has ended work. At the end of the 5th meeting, European and Georgian parliamentarians adopted a traditional document, which reviews several issues among them: Georgian-EU relations, reforms implemented in Georgia, elections, territorial integrity  and constitutional reform.The European MPs hopes that the conclusions of Venice Commission will be taken into consideration in a new edition of the constitution.The 39-point document expresses support toward the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.Discussion focused on the Eastern Partnership summit as well, where the European MPs will demand the ambitious agenda for Georgia for the next two years in order to achieve the tangible results.
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Parliament approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 18:14:00
With 80 votes for and non-against, - Irakli Mekvabishvili was approved on the post of Head of State Audit Service during the parliament’s sitting today. The legislative body elected Mekvabishvili for the five-year term.He served as the main banker of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Georgia.Parliamentary majority underlines Mekvabishvili’s professionalism. Minority says that it is important how new head of the Audit Service will maintain independence and be impartial.
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Alternative version of the constitutional changes project - President introduced document to NGOs
Update Time: 2017-09-20 18:09:00
The alternative version of the constitutional changes project, prepared by president and the opposition parties, will be sent to the Venice Commission today.Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a meeting with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations today and got them acquainted with the prepared document.Margvelashvili hopes that the ruling team will realize that the consensus is necessary for getting a document of consent.NGO sector believes that the agreement on the major issues is necessary for reaching the consensus.  They highlight electoral system as the most important topic.
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Parliament approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 15:54:00
Parliament has approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service with 80 votes for. At the Plenary session, the Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhiodze introduced the biography of Mekvabishvili to the lawmakers.The legislative body elected Irakli Mekvabishvili as the Head of State Audit Service for the five-year term.
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Alternative version of the constitutional changes project - Assessments at the Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:19:00
The statements on alternative version of the constitutional changes project, prepared by president and the opposition parties, are made at the Parliament since morning.The opposition calls on the government to continue dialogue and the ruling party accuses the opposition of lacking the willingness to reach consensus.The alternative version of the constitutional changes project was presented by the president and the opposition parties yesterday.The five-point version will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission in the coming days. The authors of the alternate version demand several changes. In particular, the direct rule of electing the president, full proportional electoral system from 2020, lowering the election threshold, maintaining blocs and distributing undistributed parliamentary mandates proportionally. Changes also refer to Security Council’s functions.
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Georgia becomes chair of Open Government Partnership
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:08:00
Georgia officially became the chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), organization bringing together 75 countries.Georgia took over the chairmanship of the organization from France for one-year tenure.The high-level event was held within the 72nd UN General Assembly Session in New York.Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili and the President of France Emmanuel Macron delivered speeches during the session.Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that the chairmanship of the OGP is an honor for Georgia.According to Prime Minister, today, OGP stands at a turning point, where each of us should take responsibility in positioning OGP as a powerful global movement for achieving openness and deeper democracy and as a countervailing force against the closing of civic space and distrust in government. “As we communicate the key values of OGP, let’s emphasize the importance of inclusive approach to governance as an indicator of success in achieving openness.  Georgia prides itself to be among the few countries where all branches of the government are involved in the OGP process.  We strongly believe that a comprehensive approach at the national level has defined Georgia’s overall country performance in various directions. Hence, with the aim to foster the broadening of collective ownership of OGP domestically, we aim to encourage OGP participating countries to raise the bar of openness at the judicial, parliamentary and sub-national levels.  I thank all countries for trusting us to serve as the Chair of the partnership and stand ready to dedicate all our resources to make our tenure a success. I believe that in the era of globalization success cannot be achieved without global partnerships and mutual support”, said the PM. 
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Georgia’s PM expressed condolence over Mexico earthquake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 07:43:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed condolence to the Mexican people due to the tragedy caused by the strong earthquake."I would like to express my support towards the Mexican people, who now has to deal with the results of the earthquake," - the Prime Minister of Georgia said in his speech at a high-level event held within the Open Government Partnership in New York. The 7.1 magnitude quake hit central Mexico, killing more than 140 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, the BBC reports. 
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Georgia becomes chair of Open Government Partnership
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 01:41:00
For the first time, Georgia became the chair of the organization of 75 countries - Open Government Partnership (OGP). The ceremony was attended by the President of France Emmanuel Macron.Thechairmanship was officially transferred from the President of France  to Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili for a one-year term.
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President and opposition presented alternative version of constitutional reform
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 20:10:00
The alternative version of the constitutional changes project is ready - the document has been worked out by the president and the opposition parties.The five-point version will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission in the coming days. The authors of the alternate version demand several changes. In particular, the direct rule of electing the president, full proportional electoral system from 2020, lowering the election threshold, maintaining blocs and distributing undistributed parliamentary mandates proportionally. Changes also refer to Security Council’s functions.
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Georgia to chair Open Government Partnership (OGP)
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 20:05:00
Georgia, for the first time in history, will chair the Open Government Partnership (OGP), organization bringing together 75 countries. The ceremony will be held at 01:00 AM Tbilisi time in New York.Georgia takes over the chairmanship of the organization from France  for one-year tenure. The President of France Emmanuel Macron will attend the ceremony.Within the UN General Assembly, Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili will meet with EU High Representative Federica Mogerini. The heads of delegations will be hosted at the dinner given on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump. Georgian Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21. During his visit, the head of the Government will also hold bilateral meetings.
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EU-Georgia Association Committee meeting held in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:19:00
The constitutional amendments were one of the main topics of discussions at the fifth session of the EU-Georgia Association Committee. European MPs are  visiting Tbilisi.EU ambassador to Georgia and chairman of the Association Committee are evaluating the issue. During the session, the Speaker of the Georgia’s Parliament addressed to the MPs with a speech.The statements of Irakli Kobakhidze were followed by criticism by opposition during the session.
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Georgia’s President - document on constitutional changes sent to ruling team and Venice Commission
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:05:00
Georgia’s President says that twenty political parties have managed to achieve a consensus regarding the changes to be made to the Constitutional Amendments project. President made the regarding statement during a special briefing held today.According to Giorgi Margvelashvili, the prepared document will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission.
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Minority MPs listened to Candidate for the post of Head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 12:10:00
Minority MPs has held meeting with the candidate for the post of Head of State Audit Service today.The members of European Georgia got interested in the views of Irakli Mekvabishvili. The  candidate for the post of Head of State Audit Service focused on his biography and introduced his plan to the MPs.
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72nd Session of the UN General Assembly to be opened today - Georgian delegation holds meetings
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 12:05:00
The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly will be opened today. Georgian Delegation headed by the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili participates in various events and holds meetings in New York.Today, the chairmanship of Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be delegated from France to Georgia. The organization, which unites 75 member states, will be led by Georgia for one year term.
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Giorgi Vashadze met with the residents of Lilo settlement
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 18:26:00
Tbilisi Mayoral candidate Giorgi Vashadze from New Georgia public-political union met with the residents of Lilo settlement.The mayoral candidate with the party members, is acquainted with the local problems. 
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Political party funding - 14 donors have been summoned in SAO
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 18:05:00
Political party funding - SAO starts questioning of donors of Georgian Dream and European Georgia. One of the donors, Mariam Raminashvili, member of European Georgia was being questioned. Two more donors ware expected in Audit Service at 5 p.m, today.14 donors have been summoned in all. According to the official information, the ruling party Georgian Dream received 240 000 GEL in donations.The European Georgia party is in second place in terms of donations: The opposition party received 60 300 GEL in donations.
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„This is Political deadlock“- Parliamentary Opposition on Constitutional Amendments
Update Time: 2017-09-18 12:19:00
This is Political deadlock - Parliamentary Opposition talks about the disagreement over constitutional amendments. Part of the opposition parties’ call on President Giorgi Margvelashvili to Veto the Constitutional Project.The ruling team is waiting for the final report of the Venice Commission and after the publication of the conclusion, plans to vote with the third heading. 
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili to Give a Speech at 72 nd Session of UN General Assembly
Update Time: 2017-09-18 12:12:00
On September 21, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. A Georgian delegation led by the Head of Government will visit New York on September 18-22 to participate in the General Assembly's Session.As part of the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold high-level bilateral meetings.The Prime Minister will also address the participants of the top-level event organized by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), with the OGP chairmanship for a year about to be delegated from France to Georgia. It is the first instance in OGP's history for Georgia to chair this organization bringing together organizations (initiatives) from 75 countries. The high-level meeting of the OGP will be held within the frames of 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.This year, the General Assembly plans to discuss 172 issues, including "Persisting Conflicts in GUAM states and Their Impact on Global Peace, Security, and Development."According to the preliminary agenda, the Assembly will also discuss sustainable development, conflicts, disarmament, and human rights.
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Minority MPs demand meeting with Irakli Mekvabishvili
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 12:06:00
The parliamentary minority demands meeting with Irakli Mekvabishvili, the candidate General Auditor.European Georgia and United National Movement (UNM) requires to meet Irakli Mekvabishvili. Roman Gotsiridze, the member of UNM, an economic expert, asks for discussion about draft law, including discussions on the contract signed with Gazprom. Also, opposion party invokes to create an investigative commission.In response to Roman Gotsiridze, Irakli Kobakhidze the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia stated that his request will be taken into consideration.
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